The Greenfields curriculum is driven by our school values. There are clear links between what we say the ambition for our children is and how we intend to achieve it. The statutory National Curriculum for all subjects is taught through individual subjects that are linked via an overarching school value. We believe that choosing the right context to engage our children in their learning is vital in fostering a love of learning and also maintaining our high standards.
…be amazed – Autumn 1
…be original – Autumn 2
…be brave- Spring
…be bold – Summer
Why take a values based approach to learning?
- It is planned around the distinctive needs the children.
- It promotes curiosity and allows teachers to highlight the best examples in individual subject disciplines.
- It gives a real context for the application of basic skills.
- It integrates not only what children should learn but reflects on the skills they need to learn- the ‘how’.
- It is underpinned by research about the importance of children recognising the skills required to learn.
How the Greenfields curriculum works: Our values underpin the curriculum at Greenfields which allows our children to understand in explicit detail our ambition for then; what it means to be a part of our school. Teachers use the national curriculum objectives as a starting point to design the curriculum for their year groups, all the while thinking about how best to connect different content and skills in a meaningful way. This enables teachers to use the very best examples from across each subject discipline to foster the curiosity and fire ambition within our children.
Making meaningful links: Teachers use the overarching value for that term to link children’s learning. Staff use our values as the starting point when making decisions about the specific content covered in individual subjects, ensuring that our children have the opportunity to develop progressive knowledge, skills and behaviours, and that these accumulate over time through many different experiences and opportunities offered across school.
The extended Greenfields curriculum: Across the school, from Pre-school to Year 6, embedded within the Greenfields curriculum is the understanding that ‘real life’ experiences and outdoor learning are vital to children achieving their best. Experiences and visits are planned in a progressive way across school, ensuring that there is a core offer across children’s career at Greenfields.
Autumn 1 … be amazed…
This value in our curriculum is all about fostering a sense of curiosity by introducing our children to the widest of worlds including the most spectacular that the human and natural world has to offer. In the Early Years, this begins by looking at finding wonder in the everyday; changing of the seasons, a growing plant, simple cause and effect. With our eldest children, we expose children to the finest examples of academia, the creative arts, science, sports, society and exploration; giving our children the very best and varied examples from which to aspire.
Autumn 2 …be original…
This value in our curriculum is all about fostering our children to be questioning and evaluative of all they see and hear. Our children are encouraged to think originally about what they have learnt and how to apply their learning between different situations. In the Early Years, this begins by establishing a voice for children who feel undaunted by sharing what they know, as only by developing what you know can you begin to question. In our eldest children, we look for opportunities to think of solutions that might not always be obvious; being selective and having the skills to prioritise information so that they can be effective in their efforts.
Spring …be brave…
This value in our curriculum is to instill in our children the confidence to take a chance. Our children know that making mistakes are fundamental to learning. Resilience is not taught; it is a retrospective skill that is developed over time. Our curriculum gives our children the opportunity to build resilience by being confident to take the first step. In the Early Years, this begins by being willing to have a go at something new. In our eldest children, we prepare our children for the pressures of life beyond our school, both academic, social and personal, equipping them with skills to become strong and mentally healthy young adults with high self-esteem.
Summer …be bold…
This value in our curriculum encourages the skills of reflection to ensure children understand how they have gained the knowledge they have. Our children know that their learning is not defined by content but by developing the skill of using what they know. It is a combination of confidence and caution in the right measures and at the right time. In the Early Years, this begins by children initiating their own learning. In our eldest children, it is developing subtlety in their opinions and thoughts; understanding that others may hold different viewpoints, but that they are able to act with respect and tolerance.